Photo: Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa

Rancho Mirage, California

Located in Coachella Valley, this sprawling desert property has something for everyone, from private cabanas to a spa tranquility pool to a family-friendly aquatic playground. What we loved Our view of the 27-hole golf course – which runs right through the resort – from our private patio. Be careful how you swing on the 5th hole lest your ball end up in another guest’s oatmeal. If you only have one night Opt for the Wagyu beef with sweet corn polenta at bluEmber, whose sprawling deck turns into a live-music party spot after dinner. Bonus The contrasting desert and alpine landscape of Mount San Jacinto State Park is a mere 10-minute drive away.